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The Presidential Election 2017

On 8th August, Kenyans woke up early to queue to vote for their leaders. Many people were ready to participate in the elections. The elections were peaceful as no incidents of violence were sited as all groups and organizations were preaching and advocating for peace.
Upon the declaration of the presidential candidate results is when everything changed, Suddenly most parts of the country (majorly the slums) turned chaotic and violence became the order of the day.
The dissatisfied groups and individuals took their complains to the Supreme Court of Kenya where the elections were nullified and fresh elections ordered within 60 days in accordance with the constitution.
Despite the ruling,peace was disrupted when some groups and organizations called out to their supporters not to vote hence dividing the nation along ethnic boundaries.

The country is yet to regain peace and unity among the citizens and regain stability in its economy.

by Imelda

KENYAN ELECTION(S)

General elections are normally held after five years in Kenya. This gives the legally registered voters to choose their leaders in the other coming term of five years. After the general election that was held on 8th of august this year the presidential results were petitioned by the opposition party. These led to the nullification of the results by the supreme court of Kenya on grounds that the election did not meet the constitutional threshold therefore the electoral body was to conduct another election within sixty days after the ruling. The next set date by the electoral body was 2017-11-26.these was however reached after a lot of misunderstanding between the two parties. The campaign period then started and this time it was more heated and raised lots of political tensions. This campaign period was filled with lots of divisive statements. During the time of campaigns the leaders used to demonize while they also divide the people in tribal lines only to gain a short term tactical advantage over the other. The ruling party also through their elected members of parliament also tabled a bill in parliament to make amendments on the election laws and from there things started to take another turn. Since democracy has already failed from the parliament where the ruling party has an advantage of numbers and the members of parliament are mostly there to represent their party interests. After a few days the opposition leader pulled out of the election sighting that the electoral body had failed to meet their nine minimum reduce able demands. This again led to the ‘no reforms no elections demonstrations’ this involved a lot of brutality from the police and also destruction of property mostly from the rioters. During the Election Day there were chaos experienced in some parts of the country. The voting took place in some parts though there was a low voter turnout this could either be because most of them were pro opposition and maybe only used to vote due to opposition phobia. It is not clear on the exert voter turnout with electoral body saying its about 42% and the observers saying its 38%.it is also to be noted that a commissioner also resigned stating that the body was not ready to deliver a credible election and she did not want to be part of a sham election. After the election there has been many killings and brutality from the police. Since then there have been a lot of police presence raising tensions. Personally have also lost friends who were from the other side and they took politics personally currently can say there is calmness but no peace.

by Nicholus Ndegwa

KENYA’S 2017 PRESIDENTIAL RE-ELECTION POLITICAL CLIMATE

On 8th August, Kenyans woke up early to queue to vote for their leaders. Many people were ready to participate in the elections. The elections were peaceful as no incidents of violence were cited as all groups and organizations were preaching and advocating for peace.
Upon the declaration of the presidential candidate results is when everything changed, Suddenly most parts of the country (majorly the slums) turned chaotic and violence became the order of the day.

The dissatisfied groups and individuals took their complaints to the Supreme Court of Kenya where the elections were nullified and fresh elections ordered within 60 days in accordance with the constitution.
Despite the ruling, peace was disrupted when some groups and organizations called out to their supporters not to vote hence dividing the nation along ethnic boundaries

The country is yet to regain peace and unity among the citizens and regain stability in its economy.National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has spoken out on the Supreme Court ruling that upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory. Mr. Odinga, in a statement issued through his adviser Salim Lone, said the Jubilee government was illegitimate, adding that the Supreme Court decision was made under duress.“We in Nasa had repeatedly declared before this Supreme Court ruling today that we consider this government to be illegitimate and do not recognize it,” he said. “This position has not been changed by the court ruling, which did not come as a surprise. It was a decision taken under duress. We do not condemn the court, we sympathize with it.” Mr. Kenyatta’s victory in the October 26 election was upheld by a unanimous ruling by six Supreme Court judges. The demos turned violent in some parts of Nyanza, Mr. Odinga’s home turf, and Kibera and Mathare slums in the capital Nairobi.

After the arrival of „Baba“ which means father in Swahili, from Dubai after the announcement of the results chaos engulfed the city as the NASA supporters went to receive him at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.A matatu (public service vehicle) that plies the route and region where I live was set ablaze by violent supporters which required the mediation of police to set it off.Riot and GSU police were called into action and teargas canisters were administered everywhere in the city where the supporters crossed or made contact with.

Just recently on the 19th of November, along the Outering highway leading to Thika road chaos erupted at around 6.a.m.I remember the particular morning my dad called me and told me that the road has been barricaded by goons and he didn’t know how he’d escape the rowdy youth, to cut the long story short he managed to escape the encounter due to his knowledge of the „Dholuo language“ which was outwardly spoken by the youths.Later in the day after my dad arrived we got to view the news and how things transpired, over 5 people were murdered on the road, a Matatu was burnt down by the rowdy youths.Later the Mp of Mathare Hon.Anthony Oluoch sought to intervene in the matter and reports say he was injured and currently receiving medical attention at the Nairobi National Hospital.The attack is alleged to be from the police through a stray bullet.The chaos through the Kenya Broadcasting Television, youths said that initially, they were avenging an attack on a mother and two of her kids through their slaying by „mungiki“ (organized militia purported to be Jubilee mercenaries)personnel hence the retaliation therefore.

In Kisumu, a car was set ablaze in Kondele slums moments after chaos broke out in the lakeside city in the wake of the most awaited court’s judgment.Youths barricaded roads leading into and leaving Kisumu central business district with burning tires and rocks.In Migori County, residents expressed disappointment with the apex court’s decision.They said since they did not cast their ballots in the fresh presidential poll, they will not recognize the administration of Mr. Kenyatta.“We are waiting for our leader Raila Odinga to give us direction…if it will come to secession, then so be it,“most of the supporters uttered, the secession entity is an idea brought forth by Hon.Kaluma(a NASA affiliate and Member of Parliament), the secession involves the division of Kenya into two different entities; The Peoples Republic of Kenya and The Central Republic of Kenya.Another NASA youth also commented on the Ruling saying that(in Swahili) „Hatutaki Bora Uamuzi Ila tuna take Uamuzi bora“-translation- We don’t want just a ruling but a just ruling.
„Tribalism and hatred are getting entrenched by the day and the two major political divides continues to pull apart,“.But most parts of Nyanza and western Kenya were calm as others, perceived to be pro- Jubilee Party, erupted in celebrations.Scores of residents in Kuria in Migori county, for instance, celebrated the court’s verdict and also the „Central region“ being a Pro – Jubilee zone erupted in a frenzy parts like Nyeri county, Kirinyaga, and Murang’a.

The NASA supporters were encouraged by the opposition leader Raila Odinga through the NRM(National Resistance Movement) to boycott products of certain companies which are affiliated to Jubilee or purported to have helped in „stealing of votes“ to enable His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta to become president in the just concluded elections.

Such companies include Safaricom(the major network service provider), BIDCO company that manufactures Cooking oil and soaps, as well as other companies which are involved with traveling and the company Brookside which manufactures Dairy products and is owned by the Kenyatta family.

Most business holders are delighted due to the 28th November swearing-in ceremony of President Kenyatta next week.This is due to millions in damage that has accrued as well as losses ranging from business product damage as well as loss of revenue I.e decreased number of tourists in Kenya and generally for the peace of the country since the education sector has been hampered,this has affected me directly-being a final year student pursuing (Bachelor of Science-Agronomy and crop science ) at Kenyatta University in my last semester.My graduation this year cannot be feasible till next year because of the indefinite closure of the school due to a failure of intervention by the government due to the current political climate as well as a recent student strike that led to the death of a female comrade.The common „wananchi“-Citizens, are hurting each other while „they“ enjoy their lavish lifestyles in their palatial homes since most of us haven’t realized that despite our nation having 43 different tribes, there are only two tribes-the RICH and the POOR.We fight while they shake hands behind closed doors due to finality on different business deals they have accrued.

by Adrian Matingi Kimani

Kenyan Elections – A time to look for Safety

The electoral process is a normal procedure that happens in all democracies around the
world. However, when it turns time for Kenyan Elections, the process is not normal
anymore. The fight for power among the elite manifests itself through the suffering of
ordinary citizens. The social media acts as a platform to propagate negative ethnicity and
hatred basing on the fact that political parties are formed along tribal affiliations.
The election period saw a massive movement of people from towns to their rural homes
for safety purposes. Some people could not vote, not because they were not interested
in the process, but because they had sought refuge in rural areas.
True to their fears, some towns were inhabitable because of violence. Both criminals
and police acted to hurt. While criminals took advantage of the situation to attack other
Kenyans and steal valuables, the police officers unleashed their brutality on residents in
informal settlements, and especially in areas perceived to have majority supporters of
the Opposition party.
A large number of unemployed youth in the informal settlements are ready to take
any amount of money from rogue politicians and cause violence. Whoever the violence
benefits remain to be a mystery.
Empowerment of youth is crucial in solving the cycles of violence.

By Elias Muhatia